Wednesday 7 December 2016

Chaotic communications led us to a sad state in the garda pay row fiasco

Published 05/11/2016 | 02:30

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had ordered gardaí to report for duty Photo: Arthur Carron
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had ordered gardaí to report for duty Photo: Arthur Carron

On December 18, 1922, the Garda flag was hoisted over the main depot block at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park for the first time and 600 recruits were present for the formal ceremony.

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It was the first time that gardaí were seen in public wearing their uniform. Heavy wool, dark blue, high collars, thick tunics, chrome buttons. The youngest police force in the world and they were proud. Ninety-four years later, the unedifying spectacle of a very public dispute played out over the national airwaves has diminished the reputation of An Garda Síochána externally. It will have done absolutely nothing for the morale or cohesion of the force internally.

The mismanagement of this industrial relations fiasco centred on three things, money, management, and messaging.

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